x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 January 2018

Luke Donald retakes the No 1 spot from Rory McIlroy

Third place enough to go back to the top of golf's world rankings.

Luke Donald is golf's world No 1 again.
Luke Donald is golf's world No 1 again.

Luke Donaldtook back the World No 1 golf ranking that he lost to Rory McIlroy two weeks ago with a third-place finish at the US PGA Zurich Classic.

Donald has exchanged the top spot with the Northern Irish star and reigning US Open champion for the past two months.

The Englishman needed a top-seven finish this week to secure the top ranking once more. With a birdie on the par-5 18th to complete a final-round five-under par 67, Donald finished 72 holes on 17-under 271.

In a bogey-free final round, Donald birdied the par-3 third and ninth holes on the front side and added birdies on the par-5 11th and par-4 13th before his concluding birdie, which avoiding him sharing third with two rivals.

Two weeks ago at the US PGA Heritage Classic, Donald finished in a share of 37th place when he needed to finish eighth or better to keep idle McIlroy from passing him for the top ranking.

McIlroy had moved to World No 1 for the first time in his career last month.

At the front, Jason Dufner two-putted from 60 feet for a birdie on the second play-off hole to defeat Ernie Els and win his first PGA title in 163 attempts. It was heartache for South African icon Els, a three-time major champion whose win drought of more than two years continues.

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